These candle holders from Scandi brand Ferm Living were supposedly inspired by “…the scene in the film Lady & The Tramp where the tramp treats Lady to a candlelit meal, and the candle is stuck into a bottle.” Hmmn, I’m not sure the filmmakers were the first people to come up wtih that idea – hands up who hasn’t stuck a candle in an old wine bottle at least once when they…

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Doormats. Not the most glamorous of things, but they’re useful. However, most of them are either deadly boring, or made of that coir/coconut husk material that moults all over your hallway. So, I’m swapping mine for one of these brilliant rubber peacock door mats from www.berryred.co.uk which come in purple, orange or hot pink. Okay, so it’s £38.50, but unless you’re agoraphobic, you’ll use it at least twice a day and it…

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These new Peppersmith mints have such a stylish pastel green packet I couldn’t resist them. There’s a chewing gum version too, they’re approved by the British Dental Health Association, and at around £1 a pop, they’re not much more expensive than ‘ordinary’ chewing gum or mints (I got charged 80p for some Orbit the other day – shocking!). Available in health food shops, Selfridges and www.peppersmith.co.uk.

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More and more people are coming round to the idea that ordinary plastic bottles aren’t suitable for refilling time and time again, because chemicals from the plastic may leak into the water, particularly when bottles get hot in sunlight. Now, I don’t know if that’s true, but anything that gives me an excuse to buy one of these AWESOME reusable Lego drinking bottles is alright with me! They’re £10.99 from www.firebox.com, available…

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I went to Grand Designs Live at London’s Excel London last week and fell in love with a Fatboy (that’s a huge garden beanbag, for sitting, lying or collapsing on, in case you were wondering). Only thing is, they cost £159, which is just a bit too much in my book to pay for something I’ll patently only use about four times a year. So, I’ve lowered my sights to these great…

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